Vietnam and Slovakia have reached a consensus on strengthening trade and investment ties, especially in the fields that Slovakia holds advantages and Vietnam has demand, including agriculture, infrastructure, environment and information technology.

The agreement was gained during Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son’s recent visit to Slovakia, during which Son chaired a political consultation with the Slovak Foreign Ministry.

Deputy FM Son also held meetings with State Secretary of the ministry Peter Burian, President of the Slovakia-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group Josef Viskupic, Chairman of the National Council’s Committee for European Matters Lubos Blaha, and Economic Ministry State Secretary Rastilav Chovanec.

During the political consultation and meetings, the Slovak side spoke highly of Vietnam’s socio-economic development and international integration achievements. They affirmed that Slovakia wishes to enhance multi-faceted cooperation with Vietnam.

The hosts said that their country had ratified the partnership and cooperation agreement (PCA) between Vietnam and the EU and will further collaboration with the Southeast Asian country at multi-lateral forums, particularly within the framework of the United Nations, the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), and the ASEAN-EU partnership.

Both sides pledged to create favourable conditions for the two countries’ businesses to learn about each market and seek cooperation opportunities, and agreed to expand connections in education-training, tourism and defence industry.

Regarding the East Sea issue, the Slovak side voiced its concern over recent tensions caused by China’s illegal positioning of its oil rig Haiyang Shiyou-981 deep inside Vietnam’s continental shelf and exclusive economic zone since early May.

They confirmed their backing for the settlement of disputes by peaceful means on the basis of international law, especially the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Last year, two-way trade between Vietnam and Slovakia reached 407 million USD, up 35 percent against the previous year.-VNA